Advanced fiction writing workshop
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HW069
Available start dates
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a supportive but rigorous workshop for experienced writers, ideal for those who have completed beginner or intermediate fiction writing courses. Students' work will be discussed and critiqued, and you will benefit from an in-depth exploration of approaches to writing and revising fiction. All forms of fiction writing - long or short - are supported on this course.
Students say: "The atmosphere was open, critical, but friendly and helpful"; "Rigorous and incredibly useful feedback from the tutor and the class"; "Outstanding teaching and genuine warmth and constructive criticism"; "I received useful, actionable feedback on my writing.".
What will we cover?
- Constructive workshopping of student short stories and novel excerpts
- Craft issues, which will usually arise through workshopping, such as character, point of view, pacing, structure and style
- The process of revision.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Assess and respond to pieces of writing with acumen and sensitivity
- Identify the basic issues involved in writing fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, etc.
- Apply your critical and editorial skills to your own work
- Produce submissions for comment on a regular basis.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at experienced writers who have previously attended writing courses and who have some years' experience of creative writing. You will need to be an enthusiastic reader who enjoys critical engagement with others' prose. Suitable only for those with reading and writing fluency in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through discussion, peer evaluation and tutor feedback. You will be expected to read your peers' workshop submissions closely at home and to provide them with constructive written feedback that will then be shared in class.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may be asked to provide photocopies of your work for discussion. Your tutor will confirm the expectations for workshop logistics in the first session. Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during workshop if it helps you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You are welcome to enrol on another term of Advanced fiction writing workshop, though we recommend you do so with another tutor for a fresh approach. If you feel ready to progress, you can apply to enrol on one of our fiction writing Masterclasses. Please see the website for further details regarding Masterclass: fiction workshop.
Our Craft Focus series is also available to writers who wish to focus on an isolated element of fiction writing craft. We offer short intensive courses in developing character, plot, setting, point of view, and more. See our website or contact the department for advice on how you can develop a programme of fiction writing study.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Mary Flanagan is an Irish-American novelist living in London. She has taught Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Birkbeck and Leicester University where she was a writing fellow. She is also a literary critic and has reviewed for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Evening Standard, The Independent and The New York Times Review of Books.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.